October’s Blue Moon

There were two Full Moons in October and the second one is called a Blue Moon.  A Blue Moon only happens on Halloween every 19 years.  Blue Moons are relatively rare as well, occurring on average just once every 2.5 years or so. We last saw one in March 2018. The next one is in August 2023.

Not know what the cloud cover will be like on Halloween for the Blue Moon, I decided to head to Oriental to capture the Moonrise (99.1% Waxing Gibbous) on the 30th of October.

How did I get there?  I used PhotoPills to determine the best location to observe the moonrise and moonset.  The composition I was a thinking of have to be balance and simplicity.  Just taking a picture of the moon is alright, but I wanted some scenery also.  The moonrise and moonset would be occurring during the  “Golden hour”.  The moonrise would be at 74 degrees (East) and the moonset at 282 degrees (West). There are only two locations where the moonrise would be over water close to me; Harkers Island and Oriental.  Harkers Island is out there, and when you are there, you are really in the middle of nowhere.  Oriental is small fishing community with restaurants and pubs, so I’ll let you decided what guided my thought process.  As for the moonset, there is nice marina not far from my house.

The Moonrise in Oriental on the 30 of October:

The Moonset in Bridgeton on the 31 of October:  The Full Moon happens at 10:50 AM in the 31st of October, therefore the moon was at 99.8% full at 07:20 in the morning.

The Moonrise in Oriental on the 31 of October:

The Blue Moon:

All Saints Day: The Moon 98% Waning Gibbous


Equipment Used:

Nikon D7500

Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM 

Nikon DX AF-S NIkkor 55-300mm


Polorized Filters


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